2015/16 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
GEOG2515 Climate of the past
10 creditsClass Size: 5
Module manager: Dr Graeme Swindles
Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable
Year running 2015/16
This module is mutually exclusive with
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryOver the last 20 years, climate change has become one of the most pressing concerns for society. This module explores the Earth's atmosphere and the dynamics of the climate system. It considers anthropogenic and natural changes to the atmosphere and oceans that lead to climate change over a range of timescales from inter-annual to millions of years.
ObjectivesAfter taking this module students will be able to
-Appreciate the patterns and scale of natural variations in the climate over a variety of timescales from millions of years to sub-decadal.
- Have a detailed understanding of the causes and nature of recent (last ~100 years) climate change.
Patterns and processes of environmental change and their inter-relationships with human activities.
The theory and application of quantitative, visualisation and other spatial techniques across a wide range of geographical contexts.
Abstraction and synthesis of information from a variety of sources
Assessment and critical evaluation of the merits of contrasting theories, explanations, policies
Critical analysis and interpretation of data and text
Developing reasoned arguments
Solving problems and making reasoned decisions
Plan, design, execute and report geographical research both individually and as part of a team
Collect, interpret and synthesise different types of quantitative and qualitative geographical data
Communicate effectively (in writing, verbally and through graphical presentations)
Use information technology effectively (including use of spreadsheet, database and word processing programmes; Internet and e-mail)
Identify, retrieve, sort and exchange geographical information using a wide range of sources
Work as part of a team and to recognise and respect the viewpoints of others
Manage time and organise work effectively
This module may include the following topics:
Evolution of the climate system; Climate change over geological timescales; Milankovitch-scale climate change; Glacials and Interglacials; Sub-Milankovitch climate change; Climate forcing over different timescales; The Last Termination; Holocene climate change; Historical climate change; Looking to the future from a palaeoclimatological perspective.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Class tests, exams and assessment||1||1.00||1.00|
|Independent online learning hours||4.00|
|Private study hours||76.00|
|Total Contact hours||20.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||100.00|
Private studyLectures and practicals will be accompanied by reading lists (textbooks and journal articles), with an expectation of around three hours reading in support of each lecture. Further private study time will be spent in preparing coursework and revising for the exam, and in preparing group presentations.
An informal formative ‘quiz’ will be set on VLE (independent online learning).
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackCoursework will provide formal opportunities for feedback between staff and students.
Informal class tests will be used allow students to obtain individual feedback and also allow us to monitor the engagement of individual students with the module.
An informal formative 'quiz' will be set on VLE (independent online learning).
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Computer Exercise||Computer exercise||40.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||40.00|
Re-sit information: If students do not attend the practical/computer exercises they will be set an essay by way of re-sit. If they do attend, but fail or do not submit the coursework, they will be allowed to re-sit (the practical/computer exercises).
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)||1 hr 30 mins||60.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||60.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 09/09/2016
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